It Is Clear We Have Failed Our Children

In December 1954, the General Assembly of the United Nations recommended that all countries institute a Universal Children's Day, to be observed as a day of worldwide fraternity and understanding between children. It recommended that the Day was to be observed also as a day of activity devoted to promoting the welfare of the children of the world. The date 20th November marks the day on which the Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child, in 1959, and the Convention on the Rights of the Child, in 1989.

Call for More Advocacy for Girls Education

The Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE), Rwanda Chapter says it would like to have additional policies and continued advocacy in order to further boost girls' education in that country.

Speaking at an annual general meeting, where the organisation's members received the 2009-2010 report and discussed plans for the following year, FAWE president, Kathy Kantengwa, she was concerned the mindsets of some people are not favorable to girls' education and that needed to change.

Who Is To Blame For Sex In Schools?

Casual sex among youths is a sad reality in South Africa.

The Jules High School saga in Johannesburg -- in which a female student was allegedly gang-raped while her classmates watched and videotaped -- is one of many recent horrible and all-too-real scenarios from our schools. Whatever the outcome of this story, it is reason enough to take a closer look at how schools seem to have become dangerous breeding grounds for sexual promiscuity.

Response to Gang-Rape Concerns CGE

The failure of teachers and pupils to respond to an alleged gang-rape of a Johannesburg school girl is of concern to the Commission for Gender Equality (CGE).

In a press statement, CGE spokesperson, Javu Baloyi, states that, "The CGE is concerned by media reports that allege a young girl was raped on the school premises, and that nobody did anything. This includes both the teacher and other pupils."

Towards Universal Primary Education: Africa’s Progress in meeting the 2nd Millennium Development Goal

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were formulated at the United Nations (UN) Leaders Summit in 2000.(2) The MDGs are eight internationally recognised targets that aim to reduce poverty, hunger, maternal and child deaths, disease, inadequate shelter, gender inequality and environmental degradation by 2015.(3)

Free Education Could Reduce Pregnancies – TAMWA

The Tanzania Media Women Association (TAMWA) has called on the government to adjust the tax system to get more revenue to finance free education for all to help reduce schoolgirl pregnancies.

TAMWA executive director, Ananilea Nkya, says the organisation has established that schoolgirls are engaging in acts leading to pregnancies because of costs associated with education services, including lack of money to pay for hostels.

Poor Countries Face Education Crisis – GCE Report

According to a new report released by the Global Campaign on Education (GCE), Somalia and Haiti are the two worst countries in which to be a school child at a time when US$4.6 billion has been cut from education budgets worldwide.

Titled ‘Back to School’, the report states that chronic under-investment in education means that 69 million children are out of school around the world. It says poor countries are “Teetering on the brink of an education crisis.”


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